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Vol. 74, No.10 FEBRUARY 27, 2019

What’s Inside What Can the Student Success Centre do for you? pg.3 An explanation of the peer support team and the services offered. The Food Scientist in the 21st Century pg.5 Looking at the diverse roles these scientists play in keeping our food safe. Being an Agent of Change in the Gender Equality Movement pg.6 Discussing how university students can play a role in changing societies. What I Didn’t Expect to Learn on Valentine’s Day pg.8 Recognizing and remembering the love that’s all around us. Patriots Top Five Free Agent Targets pg.10 A breakdown of five potential players to sign for the 2019 season. Cover photo courtesy of Annabelle Morgan and design by Mallesh Madapathi.














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Pope Francis Initiates Summit on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church VICTORIA DE MOREL News Editor

Pope Francis launched a sexual abuse prevention summit and offered 21 proposals in the hope of providing support and a safe environment for children (as well as nuns) in the Catholic church. The summit, which took place over the course of four days, was attended by victims from Europe, Africa, Asia, as well as South and North America. Canadian bishops participated in the conference as well, as Canada cannot be excluded from the scandals that plague the Catholic church’s reputation and credibility. Last year, Pope Francis was accused of mishandling a sexual abuse case in Chile, which prompted him to call the summit. The summit’s goal was to teach church leaders how crucial it is to prevent sexual abuse and to look into the crimes rather than searching for ways to cover them up. In the past, churches all over the world have moved abusive priests from parish to parish rather than defrocking them or turning them over to the authorities. Some people disagree regarding the church’s role in this issue. Francesco Zanardi, head of the main victims advocacy group in Italy Rete L’Abuso, or Abuse Network said: “The question is this: Why should the church be allowed to handle the pedophile question? The question of pedophilia is not a question of religion, it is [a question of] crime.” The summit made a point of showing this was an issue not restricted to a few countries, but prevalent all over the world. Videos of testimonies collected from victims were shown during the summit, which opened with an African woman’s testimony of the repeated

abuse she was subjected to by her priest beginning when she was 15-years-old. The 2015 Oscar winning movie “Spotlight,” focussed on several cases of systemic sexual abuse of children in Boston, U.S.A. Change is long overdue and some critics say a summit is too little, too late however, recognition of the problem is a first step towards the actions needed to see changes come about in the Catholic church. Complaints of “too little, too late” are somewhat understandable considering Pope Francis’s own involvement in the decade-long McCarrick cover-up. Pope Francis finally defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, found guilty of sexual crimes against minors five days before the call for the gathering of bishops to the summit. (The 88-year-old appealed the penalty, which was promptly rejected.) McCarrick’s case was even more concerning due to the public nature of the scandal. It was apparently a well-known fact that he was having sexual relations despite his vow to celibacy. Despite this, he still shamelessly performed as a spokesman for the U.S. Bishops to enact a zero tolerance policy against sexually abusive priests in 2002. He is now the highest-ranking churchman to have been dismissed from his position in the Catholic church. While the summit is only the beginning of the church recognizing this massive issue, Pope Francis’s acknowledgement of his own mistake in Chile and call for a summit shows a long-awaited willingness to bring change.

Winter Activities and Graduation on the Way Fred la marmotte, Quebec’s ground-hog, has spoken. He did not see his shadow so we are headed for a shorter winter! Keep your Canada Goose jackets handy and wear your sunnies, it’s going to be a true Canadian winter in Quebec. Enjoy Fridays at Jay, the Gait on Saturdays, and a careful walk under the Arches. Winterfest is wrapped up for the year and now it’s crunch time. Gear up and park yourself at the Learning Commons with a Red Bull because it’s midterm season, folks. Get excited for the much needed Reading Week that everyone deserves. Maybe some of you are headed out West to Whistler or going to Cuba to soak up some rays with a Piña Colada in hand. Spring break is right around the corner, but don’t forget to do your readings. Many activities are taking place in the Bishop’s Bubble that can enhance your BU experience. From Disney-themed Trivia Tuesday (with prizes including Coors swag and a pitcher to share with teammates) to a movie night in the Gait complete with popcorn and friends, there are many reasons to love winter semester at Bishops. Try getting outside, enjoying nature and soaking up a little vitamin D during a snowshoe hike through the picturesque trails, rewarding your efforts with a warm cup of cocoa at the end. Fourth year can be a bit of a mixed bag of emotions, such as excitement and angst for the next step, whatever that means for you. It is bittersweet to end your Bishop’s journey, pack up, and leave quaint Lennoxville behind. I’m here to remind you all that it’s important to enjoy the little moments that make life special because they will help you to keep pushing for success in all of your current and future endeavours. Travel, make new friends, do what you love, and enjoy every second of it as much as possible, because you deserve it. A unique and meaningful part of graduating from Bishop’s is going to the Principal’s house and Grad Formal, which is one last hooray with all of your BUddies. Raise a toast, take some pictures, enjoy a great meal, and reflect on your Bishop’s experience whether you were here for three years, four, or even five; regardless, you’re a part of this community for life.


For those graduating from Bishop’s this semester: enjoy, take every opportunity to have fun, to learn and to play, and remember you’re here for a good time, not a long time! To returning Gaiters: end the winter semester strong and finish off on a high note, because before you know it, we’ll be seeing you all at the annual Animal House movein day party, which is sure to be one heck of a ride.

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What Can the Student Success Centre do for You? Gosh, how has this term flown by so quickly? We’re almost in March!? While we’re still here and settling into midterms, and living in the library from a.m. to p.m., I thought it would be a great time to remind you of the incredible services we have here on campus at the phenomenal Student Success Centre (SSC). Did you know that this program started in the basement of Mackinnon? It started off as a place to ask peer mentors questions. It was such a great concept we thought, “Let’s make it bigger and better. Let’s continue to provide our students with that peer to peer support!” I’ve been leading this project since May, and I could not be more proud of my team. Not only did we expand to include a booking link with our senators, we expanded the list of resources that we can offer! We have made it a daily operation to serve you when you need it. I am so proud to see what we have been able to do in such a short period of time. There is no doubt in my mind that the Centre will continue to grow and that we will continue to help students achieve academic success. In case you missed the news on social, here is a bit more about the SSC: The SSC was built to facilitate student progress through peer support. Here, in the heart of The Learning Commons, you can find your Peer Academic Mentors and Academic Senators hard at work on projects and meeting students during office hours. There are five Peer Mentors and five Academic Senators, one for each department of study: Business, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education. Additionally, there is an International Peer Mentor that specializes in guiding international students through their academic journey.



What we offer: Reading of the academic calendar; Course selection and Individual Schedule Organization; Contacting your department chair; Information about other student resources on campus; Expectation documents insight; Information about the EWP; Presentation skills and practice; Research database; Finding online resources; Breakdown of study guides; Cheat sheets; How to beat procrastination; How to write emails; Test-taking Skills; Study tips; Time Management. Does that sound too good to be true? It’s not. And did I mention it’s free? Our team is welcoming and very knowledgeable, so swing by and say hi! And if you would like to join the SSC team, be sure to send in your resume when the job postings go out! I’ll see you there! As always, if you have any questions for me come by or send me an email and let’s chat!

NASA says goodbye to the Opportunity Mars NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, affectionately nicknamed “Oppy” was originally sent to complete a 90-day mission. That was 15 years ago! The rover now holds the record for the longest-running rover that NASA has ever built. The twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, were both launched in the summer of 2003. Spirit got into a few mishaps over the course of its mission. In 2004, very shortly after arriving on Mars, Spirit started transmitting nonsense back to Earth and had to be fixed. Later, it got stuck in a sand trap. Spirit ended its mission in May 2011. Opportunity was the second rover sent to look for any signs of past life on Mars and carried on its mission for much longer than planned. Opportunity was the rover which first discovered that the Red Planet once possessed conditions possibly suitable for life, precisely the reason both rovers were sent in the first place, and why Opportunity’s story ended up being so popular. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that it is because of Opportunity that astronauts will possibly be able to walk on Mars in the future. The rover discov-ered hematite, a mineral that forms in water, and also transmitted more than 217,000 images back to Earth. Opportunity’s journey wasn’t without any complications. In 2007, the rover lost steering in one of its front wheels and a sand ripple almost succeeded in trapping the rover for good – but it survived. Last June, Opportunity found itself no longer able to communicate with earth after a dust storm on Mars covered its solar panels and therefore prevented the rover from recharging its batteries. Its final message was received on June 10 of last year. The Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has since been trying to send new commands without any success. Opportunity’s longevity is a testament to the wonderful work that went behind creating the machine. Curiosity, another rover sent in 2012, is still alive and well and



a 2020 rover is in the works, built on the discoveries of both Spirit and Opportunity. Saying goodbye to the rover was an emotional ordeal for the people who have worked with Opportunity for the past decade and a half. They interpreted the rover’s last communication to earth as a heartbreaking, “my battery is low and it’s getting dark.” After more than a thousand messages sent in hopes of hearing back from Oppy, NASA finally decided to declare the rover dead and as a last message and final goodbye, sent Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You” to the rover, hearing nothing back but silence.

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Outdoor Therapy and Self-Reliance No law can be sacred to me but that of nature. Good and bad are but names readily transferable to that of this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “Self-Reliance” When all things collide at once – spontaneity, a conversation, feeling lost amidst a forest of similarlooking bark, concepts – perhaps providence is telling you to pause and reflect. This week, my mom said to me after twenty years of teaching grade one: “Si les élèves ne vont pas dehors pour la récréation, ils ont trops d’énergie. Donnent-leurs des iPads chez eux – ça va. Mais ici, c’est le temps de se débrancher et de jouer.” A roar of laughter greeted Dr. Marcantoni’s comparative anecdote of playing street hockey as a child in Moncton, New Brunswick, and his admission that in his present situation, his hockey stick has been ready in the car, unused, because no children are playing the game in the neighbourhood. Speaking on the topic of stress, he told us: “Almost one out of ten children are


now diagnosed with depression. You want to know what you should do? Go outside – get exercise.” The third narrative, Emerson’s essay, will come in shortly. I do not have to state facts about the increase in reported rates of depression or use of technology – correlation or causation? I do not have the answer. I do know, however, that since technology has increasingly been able to absorb our time since the early 1990s, we have been resorting to “more simple” modes of entertainment, rather reverting from idleness or creating in moments of solitude. I went through a big depression between the age of twelve and nineteen – psychologists, weed, alcohol, psychedelics, antidepressants – you name it. In my last year of CEGEP I went to the Adirondacks to climb Mt. Marcy and Mt. Giant. That was it – being outside. Gazing at trees, through valleys, and up top peaks with swirling crows, I realized that I am nothing save flesh and the potential to be something within the realm of people. Climbing those two mountains brought me joy and a sense of livelihood that neither Netflix nor the aforementioned stimuli could ever give me. Let’s

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be honest, are you resorting to Netflix because it’s convenient? There are great series, of course, but is it a way for you to stream your boredom and displace your ability to create or alleviate stress outside? I sincerely believe that everyone can find an open passage somewhere in the outdoors that will alleviate the boredom and pain often “cured” from Netflix. Emerson writes, “when my genius calls me … I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim.” I can almost guarantee that there is something inside of you waiting to peak – an urge concealed by the availability of films and cheap pop culture. You don’t get those shivers commanding your full attention? This doesn’t have to be a calling to create art; simply go out and about. Explore the outdoors and listen to your mind speak. To be conscious of your own narrative is one of the first steps to becoming friends with yourself – something needed to be okay. As Walt Whitman wrote, “I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.” I think much can be learned from the Transcendentalists.


From the time we hominids escaped the womb, we found ourselves surrounded by chaos. It took years to learn how to repress, how to conform, and how to act civil. Maturity helped us secure valuable guidelines for existing. We learned how to love, how to lie, how to run and how to fight. But when did we learn about ourselves? This article is for those who cannot seem to find the joy of life they once attracted with ease. I want to shine light on a method that sparked a connection within myself when all others had failed. A feeling I had never experienced before… the cheapest drug I ever bought. That method is called meditation, and it was paid for in diligence and introspection. It is the art of being alone. While many do approve of the benefits meditation has to offer, it is too often renounced in lifestyle habits. I have heard several excuses from my friends as to why they do not practice: “Sleep is my meditation,” “I do it when I game,” “It is too difficult,” and my favorite – “I don’t have any time.” If you cannot make the time to reflect on yourself, then your priorities are severely misaligned. I hate to be this stern, but it pains me deeply to see some of my friends in misery, especially when they have the intention of improving their lifestyle habits, but do not act upon them. Why should you meditate? Who am I to tell you what to do? Well, truthfully I do not know your situation. I am just here to tell you how this practice has changed my life in ways you could not believe. If you are feeling lost, alone, deprived, and have searched endlessly for the right remedy, why not try meditation? You have nothing to lose. I must

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note, however, the side effects of this medication include self-awareness, clarity, and connection. Meditation can be done walking or sitting, in nature or indoors. Contrary to popular belief, the goal of meditation is not to rid the mind of excessive thoughts, but to confront them directly. It is human nature to bury anxieties and fears deep down in the archives of the mind. Yet no matter how deeply embedded anxiety is, it will inevitably find a way to manifest. Meditation is, in essence, a conversation you are having with your subconscious self. Starting the process of meditation is unquestionably a difficult procedure. To understand yourself, your values, and your morals, you must first eliminate the toxic baggage that has been rotting in your headspace. Truthfully, knowing oneself is a lifelong process that never quite ends. Sitting down and reflecting on the day is merely the first step, but it is the most fundamental. Meditating can help you find purpose. Yes, awareness has its faults – guilt, hypersensitivity, and isolation – but the end result supersedes any defects from heightened consciousness. Knowing thyself starts by acting right now. Consistent practice, just for 10 minutes a day, makes all the difference. It is important to remember why you are practicing and what brought you to your present state of mind. Why not give meditation a try? What do you really have to lose?


You took my only sense of identity. Being an athlete was all I knew how to be, the only way I defined myself. I was a committed athlete and a caring teammate. And then I made a mistake. With my mistake, you found an opportunity to make an example out of me. I understood this. I owned up to this. I confronted my teammates and apologized for the harm I caused them. But you labelled me. And I carried my label throughout the rest of the season. My teammates couldn’t trust me. You couldn’t trust me. Not because I wasn’t committed; I loved the game and the girls more than I ever loved myself. The emptiness took over every practice, every weight training, and every tackling session. I felt alone. The respect you had for me was gone and I intensely felt this. Slowly, I also lost respect for you. It was never about the losses. It feels distant now, but it’s a team that is building and worth building. Being at the bottom made it difficult to grow. Losses by 100+ points after 3 seasons was disheartening, to say the least, but that was never what steered me away. Each year, we promised each other purple heart tattoos once we’d finally get our first

win, full of hope and love. But you chose winning over sisterhood. You chose silence over discussions. You chose sport over the well-being of your girls. You turned a sport I absolutely loved into something I dreaded every single day. I know I’m not the only one who felt this. You pushed and continue to push many talented players away. Your negativity, obvious immaturity and lack of knowledge on how to deal with adult women is severely apparent. My cry for help was ignored, received a one-game suspension and, finally, became my only defining trait. Now it’s your turn to grow. Take what I say and learn from it: be careful of your girls. Watch not only what you say but how you say it. Allow them to grow with you, learn from their mistakes, and be forgiven. Forgive them. Allow them to thrive in their strengths and work on their weaknesses. Be aware of mental health. Help raise up the sisterhood that was once my family. Be patient. Build confidence instead of breaking it down. Winning doesn’t have to be an antonym of love and support: take care of my purple sisters.


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The Food Scientist in the 21st Century A food scientist, much like any other scientist, has several roles to play in society: asking key questions and finding ways to answer them, building and implementing the newest technologies, providing data for policy makers to make informed decisions, and so on. Contrary to the Hollywood image, being a scientist is not only reserved for those in lab coats with beakers of potions; rather, there are many gradations of science. Food science is one of them. Food science is different because unlike most fields, everyone in the whole world uses this branch of science every single day. Your Polish grandmother is a food scientist when she’s creating complex cultures of anaerobic bacteria in making sauerkraut; so is your dad by ensuring there are no foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella or E.coli when he barbeques chicken; and so are you when you reduce the levels of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals by washing your fruits and vegetables. If everyone can be a certain degree of a food scientist, what, then, is the true role of someone who studies to become a food scientist and what is their role in society? I ask myself that same question almost daily. Some of my peers are “designers” of new and improved food products (see caramel in the caramilk bars), some optimize every parameter for the production of complex food products on an industrial scale (beer, coffee, chips, sugar, etc.), others ensure our food is safe by developing improved

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methods to detect foodborne pathogens, and I find ways to look at trace levels of chemicals within our foods. With all these varied roles, it becomes difficult to generalize “what a food scientist does,” so let me get specific and discuss what I know best. Chemicals in our foods have long been a hot topic in the media (see acrylamide in Starbucks coffee). Sometimes, however, it’s normal to find chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides or antibiotics in our food, as long as the levels of the known chemicals remains below a safety limit. Moreover, the benefit to using certain chemicals during food production can outweigh the risks by several orders of magnitude. The trouble lies, as always, in the details. Which chemicals are in foods that should not be, and how much of those chemicals are there? These are important questions to ask since some chemicals in foods have caused negative health effects and even cancer. Food chemists struggle to keep up with the growing numbers of chemicals that come on to the market to replace banned chemicals (see replacement of BPA). My research focuses on developing analytical methods to detect these replacement chemicals. This is something I take seriously since I report my results to Health Canada who then use this data to make better policies with regards to safe daily limits and the responsible replacements of chemicals. At the end of the day, we all cook, eat and experiment

in the kitchen. We also take for granted foods such as beer, coffee, sugar and flour that can be some of the most challenging products to mass produce while controlling for quality and consistency. I don’t think that I’ve managed to hammer out the role of a food scientist in society, but whatever that definition might include, the key fact is that food scientists work hard every day to keep food safe. If there’s one message to get across through this article, it’s this: eat, drink and make merry while being proud of Canada’s food safety policies – they’re some of the best in the world.

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In the fall of 2019, Gaiters athletics will have 10 varsity sports teams compared to the nine they had this year. The newest member of the Gaiters varsity family is a cheerleading team. The cheerleading team (like many other Bishop’s teams) will compete in the RSEQ division. Cheerleading is a unique sport. Many people lack the knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the sport, or even how to compete in a sport like cheerleading. The competitions are no joke, and the RSEQ division holds four competitions that extend from the fall to the winter semester. Adding a sport like cheerleading to the Gaiters varsity family is a big move for Bishop’s considering our school size. However, adding this sport expands the athletic talents the Gaiters can display, to ultimately grow the Gaiter brand. Again, adding this sport was a big move, but what should Gaiters athletics do next to further grow the Gaiter brand? In my opinion, I think the answer lies in adding more

club teams where teams can compete regionally and provincially. Ultimate Frisbee would be a great sport to receive “club status” since it is a sport that’s low-cost, and there are male and female divisions. This could be a good strategy to influence the whole Bishop’s population to increase their physical activity and feel like they’re part of a team. Many other universities in Canada compete in Ultimate Frisbee tournaments, and it’s time that Bishop’s did the same. Adding another varsity sport in the future could definitely be beneficial to grow the Gaiter brand, but adding more club teams is the immediate answer. When looking at other universities that are a similar size to Bishop’s, they offer club teams such as baseball (Acadia), synchronized skating club (Acadia), Rowing (STFX) and swimming (STFX). These examples are just skimming the surface of what other club teams exist in the world of athletics. Many of

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the bigger schools offer a variety of club teams to try and reach and benefit as much of the student population as possible. It’s true that Bishop’s is a small school with limited resources in comparison to other schools; however, gradually adding more club teams is how more of the student population will benefit from athletics, and how the Gaiter brand will further grow and develop.

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Being an Agent of Change in the Gender Equality Movement Journalist Sally Armstrong came to Bishop’s on Feb. 8 to lecture in the Centennial Theatre about her deeprooted history with raising awareness about the positions of women and children in different communities. Armstrong has devoted a large part of her life to documenting her experiences and conversations with prominent people across the world. She has been able to see firsthand how there is a loss of trust in society as power relations become more unclear on local, national and international levels. The election of Donald Trump triggered a call to action for women’s rights not only in the United States, but worldwide. The Me Too campaign spread like wildfire over social media and has broken the taboos on speaking out against sexual assault. The new age notion that the world can no longer afford to oppress half of the world’s population has finally highlighted the fact that the rights of women are still being fought for. While many of us assume that we receive equal freedoms as the opposite gender due to our nation’s constitution, that could not be further from the truth. The country of Saudi Arabia, for example, is only just allowing women to drive. Canada has finally allowed women to be at the front line while bearing arms and Iceland is the first country to make it illegal to pay men more than

Dis Your Eating Disorder “They’re not skinny, they can’t have an eating disorder.” If you’ve ever thought this before, you’re wrong, please read on. There is a common misconception that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Eating disorders often start with an obsession with food and body weight which leads to severe disturbances in people’s eating behaviours and related thoughts and emotions. Eating disorders often result in serious health consequences, in some cases, they can even result in death! Only one in ten people with an eating disorder receive treatment because victims often hide in denial. Eating disorders are a very serious issue, especially in teens and young adults, (but they are not limited to females, as popular opinion might suggest). Do you often find yourself with abnormal or disturbed eating habits? Here are some of the common eating disorders: Anorexia nervosa: people who see themselves as overweight but they are actually dangerously underweight. They will severely restrict the amount of food they eat, exercise excessively, and take unhealthy, extreme measures to be thinner. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. Bulimia nervosa: recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food followed by forced vomiting to compensate. People with bulimia nervosa may be slightly underweight, normal weight, or overweight. Binge-eating disorder: unlike bulimia nervosa, bingeeating disorder is not followed by forced vomiting. People with binge-eating disorder are often overweight or obese. This is the most common eating disorder in the United States.

women working in the same position. Yet we still see too many news headlines involving women and children in human sex trafficking, sexual assaults, and widespread violence. Armstrong believes that this is simply because we cannot figure out how to re-educate police forces on how to properly document evidence, speak to critical witnesses, and make these vital arrests. She noted that we are making progress and referred to the balcony rape case which marked Canada as the only country where the women sued the government for failure to protect them and won. We know that there is a problem when it comes to gender equality, but have no idea as to what tools we need to solve it. Civil rights issues with regard to women and children seem to be at a breaking point, and this is where our generation comes into play. University students have never been more influential than in today’s modern society, as the power of personal will is something that is finally being embraced. We are becoming more empowered by the actions we see taken, and we can finally come together and become our own agents of change. Social media gives us an outlet to have easy access to people who want to share their stories, and provides momentum to movements and ideas that we personally


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find to be important. Progressive actions are being undertaken every day as we all go to school to learn how to think for ourselves. The world is listening, and you need to give them something to think about. Change for women is on the agenda and won’t happen because we all want things to be fair. Moral courage is the one fundamental quality for those who seek advancements in a world that yields most painfully to change, and it all starts with empowering yourself to make your voice heard by embracing the personal will and freedom to speak you were given living here in Canada.

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If you found similarities with any of these definitions in your eating habits or daily routine, consult a doctor or other help professional. Don’t hesitate to seek help. It’s important to pursue treatment early for eating disorders because they have a way of spiralling out of control. Eating disorders are considered a mental illness, which means it’s not your fault that you feel this way, and it’s not something to be embarrassed about. While victims are often in denial, it’s important to look out for our friends. People with an eating disorder are at higher risk for suicide and medical complications. However, a complete recovery is possible! With treatment, full recovery is possible, but left alone, may lead to serious consequences; for example, 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from heart problems. Treatments include psychotherapy, medical care and monitoring, and nutritional counseling. Did you know that many girls as young as five-years-old are aware of dieting and weight-loss? These are children who barely know how to read or write and are already concerned with their appearances. In this modern age of TV and internet, new diets are surfacing every week, influences are everywhere and they’re hard to ignore. It’s important to give your body the love it deserves. With bikini season quickly approaching, dieting and exercising is okay, but there’s a wrong way to do it, and there’s a right, healthy way to achieve your goals.


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Bishop’s Speaks About Success


This year’s annual installment of Bishop’s Speaks was held on Feb. 12 in the Cleghorn room of the McGreer building. It featured several inspiring speakers who shared their unique and often non-direct pathways to success with their fellow students, professors, and community members. While every person spoke about their numerous achievements and pitfalls, many shared common themes they’ve experienced throughout their lives. These included not knowing who their true selves were, being unsure in their academic pursuits, having unrealistic expectations, and sharing ways to grow and better themselves. Expectations were talked about on many occasions throughout the evening. Dana Moretto, an applied psychology student, recalled having an unhealthy idea of success and felt a gap between where she was and her expectation of success. Professor Dr. Vicki Chartrand picked up on this concept, adding that we measure ourselves to impossible standards, causing us to let go of what is truly important to us. Professor Dr. Michele Murray suggested opening one’s self up to new opportunities in different fields as you never know what is going to change your life. Despite commenting on the difficulties concerning picking a career path, failing classes, and feeling of inadequacy, all of the speakers have overcome their obstacles and reached a place in their academic lives where they are content in their fields. With this, many speakers shared words of wisdom that did not pertain solely to academia.

Brendan Wylie, a business student who spoke of his experiences in academia with a learning disability, told the group not to judge a book by its cover and to always be kind to your peers. Simon Stankovich-Hamel, an applied psychology student, said that taking the unbeaten path and focusing on self-discovery has made it all worthwhile. Professor Dr. Mike Teed suggested that growth takes place outside of your comfort zone. In addition, it is the process rather than the outcome that matters in one’s journey. Professor Dr. Bruce Gilbert proposed accepting the fact that you might not be sure of who you are, and encouraged us to open ourselves up to opportunities that make us question our true selves. As for current students, we are in the midst of midterm season. Our own academic success or career goals may seem impossible to reach or maintain; however, these stories should act as a reminder to us that while it is key to focus on our education, there is much more to it than late nights at the library and test scores. Learning is a lifelong journey that teaches us more about ourselves and the world around us than a textbook ever could. To sum up what our guest speakers said, it’s important to live in the moment, put joy as a focus, and keep pursuing opportunities that spark happiness. Make sure to take a step back sometimes and admire how far you’ve come or what challenges you’ve faced. It’s important to appreciate yourself and to understand that small victories are still victories.

Bright Future for the Ringette Club Bishop’s University opens many doors for its students in regard to networking, as well as opportunities for trying new things. One way Bishop’s students are able to broaden their horizons are through the many clubs that are offered on campus. An amazing feature that Bishop’s has is that if the club you’re looking for doesn’t exist, you can become the founder and create it! Take the Ringette Club, for example: this club originally started in March of 2017 thanks to Jessika Guay and Mara Winn. They had a mission to get women involved, learn the sport, and to get experienced players back on the ice. As of September 2018, the new co-leaders are Stephanie Edwards who is in charge of recruitment, fundraising, and social media, and Taylor Sheldrick who is in charge of finances, ice time, and recruitment as well. Although the team was originally open to everyone, the new leaders have taken a new approach with the club. For the new and improved ringette club, there are a few requirements that were never asked in the past. The new requirements to join the club include that members of the club are to have their own skates, helmet, sticks and gloves, along with a solid knowledge and experience of playing either ringette or hockey. This permits practices to run smoothly and efficiently. Edwards shares that she and Sheldrick have a new mission in mind for the club…“There is a Canadian University Ringette league and our goal is for Bishop’s University to have their own ringette team join this league.” With these women’s passion and dedication, it is evident that they will fight for this goal. Although this may not happen while Edwards or Sheldrick are still

studying at Bishop’s, it is a goal for future leaders to carry on. As of this semester, there are sixteen official members in the club with the hopes of more to join. Practices are currently every other Sunday with a majority of the time being spent scrumming. As the club continues to grow, training sessions will eventually be at least once a week with the anticipation of more funding. This will allow the club to focus on developing skills and game play on a more regular basis in order to join the Canadian University Ringette league one day, because when that day comes, the club wants to be nothing but ready for the competition. Graphic by Kate Schwartz Edwards and Sheldrick want to spread awareness of the club, they need the adequate funding to grow the program, and they’re constantly on the hunt for more experienced players. For those who are interested in getting back on the ice, contact Stephanie Edwards at @buringetteclub.

Ribbon Cutting and Official Opening of the Indigenous Cultural Gathering Space Friday, February 22nd, 2019 marked the opening of the Indigenous Cultural Gathering Space on Bishop’s Campus. The much needed space is a place for Indigenous students to feel a sense of security, to be empowered and to create a greater community; a shared space for both Bishop’s and Champlain students. The ribbon cutting ceremony included speeches from Alicia Moore representing the Indigenous Cultural Alliance at Bishop’s, Nikki Barineau, the Turtle Island Intern, and Melissa Poireau, the Indigenous student support and community liaison officer. They spoke with great emotion of the importance of the new space in recognizing all students on the campus, in supporting greater awareness and understanding of Indigenous culture and heritage, and of the sense of empowerment and support the space brings. Special thanks were given to all who travelled to be there for the opening. Students were congratulated on making the space their own, somewhere that they feel safe and somewhere that feels like home, by Melissa Poireau, who also spoke on the importance of cross cultural learning, and the strengthening of the Cultural Alliance. The Turtle Island

Intern, Nikki Baribeau, spoke of the centre enabling those “who’ve been made to feel invisible to now have a presence,” adding that this role as an intern has been an empowering experience, which has given her “a greater voice in advocacy and the validation we all deserve.” The Bishop’s Indigenous Cultural Alliance is a very active club on campus and “welcomes people from all walks of life who would like to share their cultures, learn more about First Nations and help bring awareness to the Indigenous community on and off campus.” Events this year put on by the Indigenous Cultural Alliance included Orange Shirt Day and the Women’s Vigil, both with great turnouts from the student and Lennoxville community. “We promote our events to all, making sure to be inclusive and welcome anyone who wants to get involved. This is a next step for many events on campus, to really show that they’re welcoming to all students from every background as it doesn’t always feel like this is the case,” said one student in attendance at the opening of the Gathering Space. The opening of the Gathering Space is an important and concrete step towards reconciliation, reflected in


the presence of many attendees from the community, students from both Bishop’s and Champlain, and members of Bishop’s administration. The day continued with guest speaker Wayne Rabbitskin of the Cree First Nation of Chisasibi and a resident of Nemaska, followed by a chapter reading of Fragments by the Cree Nation of EEyou-Istchee author, Maloose. The Indigenous Cultural Gathering Space, a collaboration between Bishop’s University and Champlain College is located in room 9 of the Centennial building.




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What I Didn’t Expect to Learn on Valentine’s Day Last week, or if I’m being honest, over the last month, I was filled with gripping existential dread about a quickly approaching square on my calendar. I love many things in my life: my mother, my father, my brother, my roommates, my friends, even the man in the kitchen at Rima who winks at me when he crushes pita chips up on my salad. I love Michael Goldbloom in a way you love your grandfather, and once cried upon seeing an Instagram video of him barbecuing. I never fail to tell my parents or friends that I love them before hanging up the phone. What I am articulating here is that I would consider myself a loving individual, almost to a fault at times when I don’t feel it being reciprocated. This love hasn’t been received by a boy in well over a year, however, which leads me back to my existential dread. I was suffering from Valentine’s Day Anxiety, a term that I’ve coined to describe what was crippling me. Normally I would consider myself confident in my relationship status, always circling back to how busy I am, relishing in the unsettling number of pillows I fall asleep with while listening to a podcast aloud, and staying out until 4 a.m. without feeling obligated to justify myself. And yet, I felt an unmerited paranoia take over my brain that my roommates and their boyfriends were pitying me, and that for some reason, the stroke of midnight on Feb. 14 would cast my relationship status from single to Single. That morning, as I tortured myself by immediately swiping through Instagram stories of happy couples, I pulled myself out of bed to get ready for class. I went into the kitchen and found a stack of little bags of cookies from one of my roommates, one for each of our friends. These puffy cookies wrapped in Ziplock bags from the Valentine’s Day wall at Dollarama suddenly cast on me a realization as if Cupid had snuck out from the closet and attacked me with his arrow. Even my roommate who is totally love struck

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by her new sleepover guest had seen the light in love that glows just past bright red “Relationship” sign that Valentine’s Day often overshadows. It’s painstakingly corny that smiling is proven to better your mood, but the smile that this brought me grew into a new outlook on this day. I wanted to spread these acts of kindness as far as I could reach, and maintain this feeling all day. In true, personal fashion I decided to up the ante and trudged to Dollarama to ransack what they had left of Valentines Day paraphernalia. I put together an elaborate valentine of candy in a mug for a friend who is being defeated by Lennoxville Tinder; I wrote tiny notes on boxes of chocolates and left them at the doors of two girlfriendless friends; I wrote on Little Mermaid valentines, even for my best friend who almost didn’t see it as I propped it next to her $200 bouquet of roses. For myself, I came home and curled my hair, put on makeup, and a pink polka dotted sweater. I made banana pancakes for breakfast and skipped a class to drink my coffee. I was in such a glowing mood from my friends’ happiness over these small acts that for the first time in my ten-month tenure, I didn’t snap at anyone at my office out of anger. That night, I bought rosé, decorated my kitchen, and threw an elaborate taco night with my best friends. I headed out for a couple of hours that evening, sweating in a turtleneck, sober at the Gait, and came home to continue my self-love. I poured a tiny bit more wine into my glass, cleaned up my kitchen, and got into bed to watch When Harry Met Sally. I didn’t touch the wine, or even catch the opening credits. I slept feeling light as a feather, having reminded myself that there is truly no deeper way to fill your life with love than to feel its radiation: from others, and from the mirror. It’s a lot of fun, and involves so many ways to incorporate wine.

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Last night, on Friday, February 22nd, MedLife opened the doors of The Gait to host its annual BU’s Got Talent fundraiser. The mix of vocals, dancing, instrumentals, and even a magic show was presented by talented students, some of whom I would have never known could belt out a song or pick up a guitar prior to the event. The show opened with Gait Operations Manager, Gelsey Latonio, on vocals accompanied by University of Sherbrooke’s Tristan Lessard Manseau on the guitar. Then, Lupi shocked the crowd with magic tricks, which could entice a crowd for an entire evening with a show of its own. Gaiters Football’s Cecil Belanger showed off his vocals as well, a side talent that has actually led him to the auditioning process of La Voix, Quebec’s take on The Voice. Finally, Ian Schroder didn’t disappoint on impressions, an act he took last semester off to perfect by busking. Following the intermission, Louis sang and accompanied himself on the guitar, creating an Acoustic Tuesday-esque atmosphere. Cheryl’s whimsical singing and ukulele led perfectly into Srinath’s dance performance. Jeremy Audet closed the evening with singing and guitar, the perfect ending to a diverse, entertaining Friday evening. The members of MedLife hosted the show with entertaining judgements on white boards, and provided pizza for their guests to boot. If you aren’t familiar with MedLife, the club holds fundraisers throughout the semester to fundraise for a volunteering venture to a 3rd world country. If you weren’t able to make it out to the talent show, be sure to keep an eye out for future fundraisers to support your fellow students in their efforts to spread a little purple and offer relief abroad.

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Have a guilty pleasure for vampire drama? I have the not-so-secret answer to adding a bit of culture to the void left by Edward and Bella. From March 14 to 17, put a bookmark in your bedside copy of Twilight to see the latest production by the Bishop’s University Drama Department. You read that correctly: BUDD will present Corrida De Vampiros in Turner Studios, a show that is expected to be “filled with surprises that will keep you guessing: who’s a victim and who’s actually a vampire!” Created by the Bishop’s University senior drama class, Corrida de Vampiros draws on the participants’ own stories, experiences and imagination, as well as the nineteenth-century horror classic “Carmilla” by Sheridan Lefanu. Adam Provencher will return to the BUDD scene as a designer. The guest movement artist is Felicia Shulman, and Natalie Demmon is lighting designer, which sounds like a recipe for not only an interesting but aesthetically pleasing show as well. Everett Dalingwater acts as the sound designer. Corrida De Vampiros will star Olivia Casarramona, Soraiya Creelman, Jules Gigon, Dylan Girard, Canda-Leigh Habonimana, Chadia Kikondjo, Serge Lapointe, Marianne Lassonde, Rachel McNamara, Mouadh Merai, and Thomas Watson. Tickets will be $20 for Adults, $15 Seniors, and $12 Students. Don’t risk missing out on purchasing tickets, be sure to make your way to the Centennial Theatre Box Office when passing through the SUB. The Box Office is open from Monday-Friday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be reserved over the phone at 819-822-9682.

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For those of you who plan to humour administration and stick around campus this reading week, hats off to you for the inevitable reading you will get done in your quiet apartment. Though, despite the pile of assignments that we are often left to scramble together post-break, we all need some R&R over the break. With your roommates out of town, it initially sounds tempting to stick to the confines of your warm bedroom under an overheating laptop, skipping to the kitchen for snacks in your underwear. In order to avoid cabin fever, switch your screen time to an external venue, a la Maison du Cinema for a night. Hop on the #2 from outside of Nicholls or The Ritz to be brought directly down the street from the theatre, and enjoy a new movie from downtown, still in the comfort of a dark room in a comfortable seat. With that, here are your options for English films currently playing in the theatre.

Warm (feat. Mia) - Dre’es, Mia Liberated - DeJ Loaf, Leon Bridges Temperature - Sean Paul What Do You Love, Zonderling Remix -Seeb, Jacob Banks, Zonderling Feel It Still - Portugal the Man Pine & Ginger - Amini K, Fro$t, Tessellated, & Valleyz Hmmhmm - Léléman, Thierry Ganz Never Be Like You (feat. Kai) - Flume Malibu - Miley Cyrus Aloha - Møme, Merryn Jeann I Wish I Missed My Ex - Mahalia Candy / Summertime - glibs

You’re somebody else - flora cash Coastline - hollow coves foreign hands - george ogilivie what once was - her’s higher love - james vincent mcmorrow lucy - still woozy anybody out there - young mister coins - local natives all the pretty girls - kaleo medicine hat - pond beyond - leon bridges chateau - angus & julia stone




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Patriots Top Five Free Agent Targets


Even though the Patriots recently won their sixth Super Bowl, they have a lot of work to do in the upcoming off season. The Patriots are in no way a perfect team, as they have many weaknesses that need to be addressed. Coach and general manager Bill Belichick has been faced with this situation many times, and knows exactly how to handle such situations. This article will examine five players that the Patriots might (and I believe should) sign for the 2019 season: Landon Collins, Golden Tate, Tyrann Mathieu, Anthony Barr and Jamison Crowder. Landon Collins Although it was the defense that won the Patriots their sixth Super Bowl, it remains a defense which lacks athleticism and youth. These are the exact qualities 25-year-old Safety Landon Collins brings to the table. The Patriots have relied on Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung for years now, but it seems that the duo’s time is coming to a close. Expiring contracts, injuries, and possible retirement plans are all reasons why we may not see the two veterans return to Foxboro. Collin’s football IQ and ferocity make him a perfect fit for Belichick’s defense. Early rumours are already suggesting that Collins wants out of New York and is looking to hit the free market. If this is the case, watch for the Patriots to go after him aggressively, much like they did with Stephon Gilmore when Malcom Butler was on his way out. Tyrann Mathieu Tyrann Mathieu would be a great Patriot for many of the same reasons as Landon Collins. Mathieu’s game, however, is more complete than Collins. Mathieu is one of the most versatile defensive backs in the NFL as he is capable of playing any position in the backfield. His extensive injury history should not be dismissed though, and this is why Mathieu is a very risky signing. Re-injury is not the only reason why his past injuries are problematic; it is also possible that Mathieu may lose his athleticism in the coming years. If the Patriots are confident that Mathieu is still the same great player he was in years past, then it would be logical for them to take a look at Mathieu. Golden Tate The wide receiver position was easily the most glaring deficiency for the 2018 Patriots and is definitely a position which needs help. Unfortunately for the Patriots, the market for wide receivers is very weak this upcoming off season. Golden Tate is easily the most established player in the free agent class this year, and has been connected to the Patriots in the past. Tate is an NFL Champion, versatile and dependable, making him an almost certain fit with Tom Brady. Unless another team, San Francisco for example, makes Tate a crazy offer, I would consider the Patriots the team most likely to sign him. Though he is not quite the number one wide receiver the Patriots are looking for, he would make for a solid pairing with Julian Edelman and perhaps a high draft pick from the Patriots.

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Golden Tate is one of the players who the Patriots should target this off-season. Photo Courtesy of

Anthony Barr Similar to their reliance on Devin McCourty, the Patriots have been counting on Dont’a Hightower for a few years now. Although he is still a good player, he has suffered from injuries which have undoubtedly taken a toll on him. Hightower’s IQ, instincts, and strength allow him to remain a starting-caliber player but his speed and ability to play in the open field is quickly dwindling. After a fairly disappointing 2018 season, Barr seems to be in an awkward position contract-wise. Certain teams are hesitant to throw him the money a player of his caliber deserves. The Patriots have acquired many players in this same situation - Randy Moss, Rodney Harrison, Corey Dillon, Aqib Talib, Darelle Revis, etc. Barr is a stud athlete capable of rushing the passer and covering the field equally well, much like Hightower. Barr simply does it better at this point in his career. If it weren’t for injuries, I believe they are very comparable players. If Dont’a Hightower takes another step back in 2019 and the Patriots haven’t acquired a linebacker of similar caliber, they will regret it, which is why I think they should sign Barr. Jamison Crowder Crowder is probably the available wide receiver with the highest possible upside. Crowder is still young and he has shown flashes of being an elite wide receiver. Consistency is a big issue for Crowder, but if the Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the rest of the team’s coaching staff can get him in line, Crowder will prove to be a valuable addition to the team.


The Gaiters men’s basketball team took down the no. 10 ranked Concordia Stingers on Feb. 16, 2019 in the Mitchell Gym on Senior Night. The Gaiters started off the game strong, but it was the Stingers who had a firm grasp of the first quarter, leading 14-9 after the first 10 minutes of play. In the second quarter, Gaiters Jordan Thornhill tied it up five minutes in, but did not have enough momentum to carry them into the lead; consequently, Concordia took over and went into halftime up 33-24. During the second half of the game, Bishop’s came back strong and tied it at 39. Concordia was not pleased, and bit back to take the lead by one at the end of the third quarter with a score of 48-47. The fourth quarter was nothing short of nonstop action. The Gaiters took hold of a six-point lead with less than six minutes left and the Stingers responded with backto-back three pointers by Armstrong taking Concordia back to the top once again. Bishop’s pushed back once again, only for the Stingers to take the lead right back away from them. The crowd sat anxiously witnessing the Gaiters go back and forth down the stretch

with the Stingers multiple times in the last minutes of the game. With 16 seconds left of the play Gaiters senior Kevin Davis put the crowd at ease driving to the hoop. After Concordia’s Garry Merisier fouled, Gaiters Abdul Kamane solidified the lead sinking a foul shot to make the score 70-68 with seven seconds left. The clock counted down and Concordia’s missed jump shot late in the game left the Gaiters to win the game 70-68. Adrian Armstrong finished the game having carried the team with 25 points for Concordia. Abdul Kamane led Bishop’s with 26 points, with Davis and Thornhill following behind with 13 and 10 points. Kamane was named Provigo Robert Lafond Bishop’s male athlete of the week for his performance, as well as RSEQ male athlete of the week. Senior Night was dedicated to all the senior players who are graduating this year: Duncan Lambert, Andrew Howarth, Abdul Kamane, and Kevin Davis will all be missed. You will forever be Gaiters! Facts and stats mentioned above courtesy of


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Recap of the Women’s Basketball Season The women’s basketball team has taken a step back in the 2018-2019 season compared to their 2017-2018 season. The Gaiters finished the 2017-2018 season with a conference record of 8-8, and an overall record of 15-12. Unfortunately, the 2018-2019 season has been a different story as the Gaiters currently have a 2-13 conference record. This record indicates that the Gaiters women’s basketball team is in rebuilding mode and have their sights set on the future. Both of the Gaiters’ wins this season have come against the UQAM Citadins. One of these wins was the first game of the regular season to give the Gaiters an undefeated record for a brief period of time. The other win was in mid-January when the Gaiters defeated the Citadins with an 8077 victory. Even with a 2-13 record, the Gaiters are in the playoff race. The RSEQ conference for university basketball features five teams, and four of these five teams qualify for playoffs. The Gaiters’ playoff deciding game comes against the UQAM Citadins, a favourable matchup for the Gaiters as they owe a 2-1 record against the Citadins on the season. The last game of the regular season and the playoff deciding match-up will be on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Montréal, Québec. The implications for this game are simple: if the Gaiters win, they secure the fourth seed spot and qualify for the playoffs. If they lose, they are eliminated. If the Gaiters win this game, they will travel and face off against the first place Laval Rouge et Or in a semi-final matchup on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The photos that accompany this article are from the Gaiters’ contest against the Concordia Stingers on Feb. 16.

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Recap of the Men’s Basketball Season The Gaiters men’s basketball team has demonstrated strength and resiliency throughout the season. The team opened the season in November and won its first three games, featuring wins against the UQAM Citadins, McGill Redmen and Laval Rouge et Or. After this hot start, the Gaiters had only three games until the winter break to continue their streak. Unfortunately for the Gaiters, they lost all three of those games and thus headed into the winter break with a 3-3 record. These losses were against the Concordia Stingers, the Rouge et Or, and the Redmen. The Gaiters opened 2019 with a loss to the Stingers, followed by two painful losses in their second and third game. The second game of 2019 was also against the Stingers (who were the number one ranked team in the RSEQ conference), and the Gaiters forced overtime only to fall 99-94. This loss pushed the Gaiters to 3-5 on the season. The third game of 2019 was against the UQAM Citadins, a team that the Gaiters beat earlier this year. This loss was painful as the final score was 87-86. This was a key game as this loss pushed the Gaiters to 3-6 on the season, instead of moving them to 4-5. After losing three more games after the loss to the Citadins, the Gaiters sat in the RSEQ standings with a 3-9 record, but the team was not done. The Gaiters came back to win the first three games that they played in February. These wins featured a 73-71 victory over the Rouge et Or, a 75-73 victory over the Rouge et Or, and a thrilling 70-68 win over the nationally ranked Stingers (see other men’s basketball article for all the details on this win). These wins were not only impressive, but they had implications on the RSEQ standings. Those three wins for the Gaiters pushed their record to 6-9 and helped their playoff aspirations. The Gaiters were able to clinch a playoff berth this season, and will take on the Concordia Stingers in Montréal on Feb. 23 in a semi-final game.

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A Cryptogram A cryptogram is a phrase or quote that has been encrypted by simple letter substitution. You solve the cryptogram with a trial and error process, guessing the letters that have been replaced.’ Here are a few tips: -a letter can never be substituted with itself -look for common letter combinations, like “TH” and “SH” -all words generally have at least one vowel

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Who Would Win in a Fight? Since the beginning of time (1946) there has been tension between the devout supporters of the NBA and the NHL. Within this tension is a question that has been asked for as long as both sides can remember (2 weeks): Who would win in a fight between the two leagues? To answer this, one must ignore all biases and turn to the stats. To avoid the classic “Of course NHL players would win! Some of them are literally paid to be fighters!” argument from arising, I’ve carefully picked out the conditions in which the fight takes place. Location: Middle of a field on a fall day. Gear: Sweatpants, no shirts, no shoes. Rules: Only the best 200 players from each league can fight. Any style is allowed. Motivation: A nice bonus Each one of these parameters is essential. The location is neutral and provides no advantage in temperature or texture of ground. The clause of no shirts takes away the NHL jersey grabbing strategy, the motivation they’ve been given ensures both sides are fighting with all they’ve got, and the rules make sure only the best of the best can compete. Now let’s look at the stats: Average height of NBA player: 6’7 Average height of NHL player: 6’1 Average weight of NBA player: 221 Average weight of NHL player: 200 It’s clear that NBA players have the advantage when it comes to size, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have a better chance of winning.

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One can still argue that this size difference has no bearing on the fight’s outcome, and that weight is the ultimate factor. With that being said, a 7 foot NBA player probably won’t be in the same weight class as a 5’9” NHL player. With all of these stats considered, it’s still hard for any reasonable person to pick out a clear winner without any bias. Our only option now is to take a look at a few matchups. LeBron James and Zdeno Chara would be about evenly paired, but it seems almost every other matchup would end up unfair. Joe Thornton would eviscerate Steph Curry, and Joel Embiid would squash Auston Matthews like a bug. Come to think of it, matchups prove nothing in an all-out brawl, as everyone would be fighting everyone, often in pairs. Looking at the matchups was a terrible idea, and placed us even further away from a conclusion. With the stats and matchups failing us, all I can do now is provide my opinion as to how it would end, and hope somewhere out there, somebody is nodding his head slowly at the article, whispering, “He did it. This guy made me believe.” The size and weight of the NBA players would guide them to take the lead. Anthony Joshua would never take on Floyd Mayweather for the same reason that the NBA players would win the brawl. You can beat someone taller than you, you can beat someone longer than you. But to beat someone 20 pounds heavier, one would need to be a lot more than just scrappy. In the end, the NBA player’s weight and size will win them the battle, and get them their money. (The argument can also be made that NHL players have exponentially more fighting experience than NBA players, which would most likely guide them to the win. But I’m incredibly biased, so I’ve chosen to ignore that.)

Zdeno Chara would be one of the beasts who would try and winthe fight for the NHL. Photo Courtesy of Pro Hockey Rumors.

Are you interested in a career in journalism? Sports or news reporting? Writing or editing features for newspapers, magazines or social media? Working in public relations? The Campus is hiring for the next academic year. This may be the opportunity for you to develop some practical skills, gain valuable experience and add to your portfolio for future careers. The Campus is looking for one individual for the position of editor in chief, as well as section editors. Section editors assign, encourage and work with contributing writers, as well as writing articles themselves to cover campus events and present student perspectives on issues of concern to the Bishop’s community. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply. In your cover letter, please include which position you are interested in (for example, sports or opinion editor etc.) and reasons this may be a good fit for you. Please submit your cv and cover letter to by midnight, Friday March 8 for the position of Editor-in-Chief, by midnight, Friday, March 15 for section editor positions.


and Acknowledgement: We acknowledge the Abenaki people and the Wabanaki Confederacy, the traditional stewards and protectors of the territories upon which we are learning. In performing land acknowledgment, we make what was invisible visible, and invite the land, the First Nations people, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into our conversations. This act of naming – of inviting something into language – is an underlying principle of advocacy and lies at the heart of higher education. The etymology of advocacy is ad (to add) + vocare (call or voice): the origin of the word’s meaning is to give voice to something or to call out in order to initiate dialogue. The “ad” prefix makes explicit the importance of multiple voices – and by extension multiple perspectives. In this sense, advocacy compels us to acknowledge a diversity of thoughts and opinions as a starting point rather than as an ideal outcome. In institutions of higher learning, we have a responsibility to honour spaces for emerging and established voices to engage in productive, respectful, and sometimes even uncomfortable conversations where individuals are safe to speak truth to power, explore and challenge dominant ideologies, and call out injustices and inequalities in order to imagine new ways of existing.”

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